Regardless of the reason, losing a limb can be a traumatic experience with all aspects of your life being affected. For many people it is can be difficult to talk with their family or friends about what they are feeling and so they may find it beneficial to meet with a counsellor to discuss these feelings in a free and open way.
TRAINING IN COUNSELLING & LISTENING SKILLS
Over the past 10 years the MF has provided numerous courses to the healthcare professionals working in this area of rehabilitation. This training is not only of immeasurable benefit to the staff, but also to the patients and families that they deal with.
The volunteer visitors scheme provides a service to anyone considering amputation or who has recently undergone an amputation. The visitors offer an opportunity to talk confidentially with someone who has had a similar experience.
The telephone helpline was initially established as a support network for the families and carers of those with limb loss or absence. Since that time it has developed into a resource that is used by both the general public and healthcare professionals alike.
PARENT CONTACT GROUP
If you are the parent of a child who has been born with a limb absence or who for some reason has had an amputation, then you may find it beneficial to talk to other parents in a similar situation.
Our information DVDs, leaflets and fact sheets have proved invaluable in providing the new patient and their family with much of the information they require when beginning the process of rehabilitation
Throughout Scotland there are a number of groups who offer support to those affected by limb loss or absence. Some of these groups are run within the hospital environment whilst the majority are based in the community.
Over the past 10 years the MF has hosted a number of diverse events. These events not only allow people to try out different activities or sport, but also allow them the chance to talk informally with others regarding their experiences.